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As the last new moon reached the end of its cycle, I post these readings as a prompt for contemplative practice and noticing the more cosmic patterns of life as you attend to the lunar energy in a solar world.

1st September New Moon – Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 5:03am ET in the USA

Releasing the last fire moon & Welcoming the new earth moon – Looking forward to the Equinox

Ground Your Fire Reading 

sunflowers some fadedAs we move from the extreme of summer’s light to Equinox’s time of balance here in the Northern Hemisphere, fire and fiery achievements must shift to move into deeper development.

Sunflower sees the dark soil and lets wilted petals and seeds find their rest. Milkweed explodes its flower and pod into silken seeds swept up in the wind. Root vegetables reach deeper now and wait for frost’s kiss to sweeten their flesh.

There is ample green and still growth, but the frenzy of summer’s height is falling, and we are invited to do the same. It’s time to ground our fire. 

If summer has brought us progress, growth, or an achievement, we can deepen the gifts by varying our pace, shifting our perspective, taking the work into the dark where something not yet imaged can gestate to add richness and texture to what already exists.

I’m sad to see the sunflowers go. I gaze at them all summer and feel this gaze returned. Their loving looks feed my soul. I will miss them, maybe even mourn them for a little while. And at the same time, I sense the pull of dark love’s dawning in sunflowers surrender to earth. They are going where they must go and even invite me to find a way to follow that, too, feeds my soul.

FIRE:
 What fiery (i.e. passionate, creative, inspirational, or authoritative) part of me matured this summer?

SHIFT:  What do I let go of from this successful maturation so it can shift into new form?

GROUND:  What do I ground and let deepen out of this successful maturation?

You can order this as an e-reading for $22. Here is a sample of how I do these readings in a collaborative intuitive format. I have slots open after the new moon / Labor Day weekend

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Each week I pull Tarot cards to inspire practice that cultivates soul wisdom for readers of the blog as a group using the Gaian Tarot.  (If you want to read more about the process, check out Sacred Practices of the Gaian Tarot: The 3 P’s).You are invited to use the cards below to inspire your practice, and, if you like, share your reflections in the comments.  You are also free to draw your own cards and share them in the comments.

gaian 3-gardenerPATH:  Use Pile 1 / Majors and Aces to pull a card for the question:  What path would it best serve us to walk this week? THE GARDNER invites us to walk this week on pathways of  …

  • Alignment with the energy and offerings of the land around you so you can tap into the abundance of any season.
  • Being aware of and celebrating the body – your body and the body of the Earth.
  • Finding the right balance of work and rest to bring forth abundance, creativity, new life, or harvest.

gaian 8-airPRACTICE:  Use Pile 2 / numbered cards for this question:  What practice(s) will best serve us to move along this path this week? EIGHT OF AIR  invites us to practices such as …

  • Sit with friends and tell stories. Allow both the stories of joy and success to be told alongside the stories of grief and loss.
  • Gather a circle for a specific purpose and use the circle guidelines offered by Christian Baldwin in her Peer Circle process.
  • Listening internally to all the different voices and ideas that surface from within you.  Yes, it sometimes feels like there is a raucous committee meeting going on inside our heads! But you can align this group for forward movement or internal peace by letting each have its say.  You might give names to each of these different aspects of yourself and then listen in turn to what each of them would say in regard to an important matter before you.
  • Joining a support group specific to the need or change that you are going through.

gaian explorer-firePOSTURE:  Use Pile 3 / People cards for a question such as:  What attitudes and behaviors will be most helpful to undertake this practice and walk with path?  EXPLORER OF FIRE invites you to follow your path and practices with attitudes of …

  • Flexibility and embracing the flow.
  • Openness to whatever comes. It’s not really that you are fearless; it’s that you feel the fear but harness that energy to do what you want.
  • Stepping into your passion fully.
  • Acting on instinct developed from long practice.

 

OVERALL MUSINGS: We are entering the time of the equinox when day and night are of equal length. In the Northern Hemisphere, we are shifting and grounding the fire cultivated in summer’s height while in the Southern Hemisphere, the dreams of winter make their first movement toward form. Out of each will emerge a harvest most fully made and appreciated through both hard, active work and a pausing – like composting – that allows the growth to be fully received and integrated. In summer’s light we can forget that that pause, but the shortening days here in New England when flowers surrender their seeds to earth remind me that rest too is part of the process of creation.